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Documenting a Human Tragedy :: Documentary Review

The story of India's green revolution has a dark side. It is the shade of dark crimson, the color of blood. Between 1996 and 2006 100,000 farmers committed suicide in Vidarbha region in the north Indian state of Maharashtra. Since June of 2005 two to three farmers take their lives every day. The seeds of this problem were sown with the introduction of the green revolution in the mid 60's. Farming in India was largely organic, needing little investment. Farmers would use the seeds that they saved from the previous harvest. But the green revolution changed all that, now farmers had to buy seeds, fertilizers and pesticides by borrowing money at high interest rates from Sahukar's (private money lenders) and in the course of time farmers were trapped in huge debt. Such disasters don't go unnoticed--they rarely do. Headlines trumpeted, relief poured in before going to bed. One night during the and so did the politicians with their 'packages'.Now just few years on, th…

Running Ubuntu Mobile Internet Device (MID) Edition

A big thanks goes to Rad for poking me to try out Ubuntu MID. Running the Ubuntu MID in virtual environment is pretty straight forward. Have a look at the Installing Ubuntu MID in Virtual Box. The screenshots below show Ubuntu MID running gnome-terminal and firefox web browsers. These presentation slides from CELF Embedded Linux Conference 2008 provides a quick overview about Ubuntu MID.

Shivkumar Sharma Santoor Concert

Theo and me braved the thunderstorm to attend the opening day of 24th National Convention of SPIC MACAY here in Thiruvananthapuram. The evening started with Pandit Shivkumar Sharma Santoor concert, it brought back so many memories. It was pure delight to hear the maestro play raag megh to the sound of the rain outside. Certainly, it is an experience that I would cherish for a long time to come.

Ubuntu 9.04 UXA Graphics Acceleration

When I switched on my Karmic development laptop the X server reverted back to low-res. Guess its time to start UXA testing. Right now UXA is very unstable and presents strange problem like this one. The fonts are totally messed up in Firefox, and gedit. Any ideas what might be the problem? Update: 25 May, 2009 Found that this problem is triggered when I restart the computer from hibernation.

National Workshop on Web Accessibility, Bangalore June 2009

Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) has been a forerunner in advocating for a national policy for electronic and web accessibility for persons with disabilities. In addition to seeking a policy reform in this matter, we are also bolstering our advocacy efforts by organising trainings and workshops at no cost for web developers across the country to spread awareness and build capacity in this area in both the public as well as the private sectors. Our first workshop, which was organised jointly with UN Solution Exchange and supported by the NIXI, took place in Ghaziabad earlier this year.We are organising our second workshop on web accessibility for developers at Bangalore from June 5th-7th, 2009. The workshop will take place at the CIS office on Cunningham Road. Registration is free of charge. If you or any of your colleagues are involved in developing websites and are interested in making your websites accessible to all groups in society, including persons with disabilities (appro…

send a twitter messages from command line with bti

bti allows you to send twitter messages right from the command line. It works with both and To use this program install the Ubuntu package with the same name (sudo apt-get install bti). I was able to post a tweet message using bti within few minutes. The configuration is easy and straight forward. Have look at the bti example config file to get started quickly (/usr/share/doc/bti/examples/bti.example). The url shorting feature (with --shrink-urls option) however didn't work as intended though. Anyway its wonderful to be able to tweet from the command line, bti does have some pretty interesting features.
And don't forget to follow my tweets @playingwithsid. About Bti micro-blogging command line toolbti provides an easy way to send tweet messages direct from the command line or any script. It reads the message on standard input and uses the account and password settings either from the command line options, or from a config file, to send the message out…